Game one between the Mississauga Steelheads and the Ottawa 67’s saw the Steelheads score six goals and get the win. Fans were excited to see if Mississauga could keep their offense going heading into game two on Sunday afternoon. Jacob Ingham was in goal for the Steelheads and Leo Lazarev for the 67’s.
The first period was extremely physical on both sides. Both teams exchanged bone crushing hits and the opening frame saw a number of altercations. Ingham and Lazarev both made incredible saves to keep their teams in the game. Both teams went to the dressing room scoreless after a hard fought 20 minutes.
The beginning of the second period was more of the same hard hitting hockey we saw in the first. Both teams were noticeably getting underneath the skin of the opposition. The Steelheads took one of their five penalties on the night and Travis Barron capitalized on the opportunity for the 67’s. Less than a minute later, Mississauga took another penalty and Sasha Chmelevski scored for Ottawa. The 67’s closed out the period scoring their third goal in just over three minutes with a tally from Tye Felhaber. After 2 periods, the Steelheads trailed the visiting 67’s 3-0.
The Steelheads had to regroup and stay focused if they wanted to get back into this game. They came out firing everything they could at Lazarev but he kept shutting the door. With three minutes left the Steelheads pulled their goalies for one last chance to get back into the game. Mathieu Foget tucked a goal into the empty net to solidify the win for the 67’s. The Steelheads peppered Lazarev with 11 shots in the third, for a game total of 31, but could not get one past him. the final score was 4-0 for the 67’s.
With the series now even at 1-1, the Steelheads will head to Ottawa for games three and four. Game three will take place on Tuesday March 28 at TD Place. Puck drops at 7 pm. Today’s loss also guarantees a game 5 back in Mississauga. Game 5 with take place on Friday March 31st at the Hershey Centre.
Series tied 1-1.